A two-man Russian-American crew has returned to Earth in their Soyuz capsule in an emergency landing following a problem with the booster rocket shortly after a launch bound for the International Space Station.
Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague walk prior to the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft.
The Kremlin confirmed the men had survived.
Video footage from the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome shows a large plume of smoke coming from the rocket at the moment it failed and footage from inside the capsule shows the two astronauts being violently shaken about.
"We had an interruption on today's launch", a NASA commentator reported.
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After the malfunction they were forced to return to Earth in a process known as a "ballistic re-entry", during which they experienced forces of up to 7G. They were scheduled to dock with the space station later Thursday and spend six-months there.
The rocket was carrying US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin. NASA said search and rescue crews were en route to the projected landing site, expecting to arrive in about 90 minutes.
Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew.
Ovchinin, 47, is a major in the Russian Air Force who made his first spaceflight in 2016.
For Hague, the aborted launch would have been his first trip into space.